Culture & Heritage

Common Filipino Phrases Every Visitor to the Philippines Should Know

Written by Patrick

The following are common phrases used throughout the Philippines.  

Magandang araw! = Beautiful day!

Magandang umaga! = Good morning!

Magandang tanghali! = Good noon!

(used between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM)

Magandang hapon! = Good afternoon!

Maligayang bati! = Greetings!

Maligayang kaarawan = Happy birthday!

Para! = Stop (often used on jeepneys)

Magkano? = How much?

Wala na bang tawad / bawas? = Is there any discount?

Sandali lang / Saglit = Hold-on/Wait

Gusto ko ito. = I like/want this.

Ayaw ko nito. / Ayoko nito. = I don’t like this.

Pasensya ka na. = Sorry.

Pasensya na kayo. = Sorry for the inconvenience.

Aalis na ako. = I’m leaving now.

Paalam! = Goodbye!

Ingat ka! = Take care!

Salamat! / Salamat po! = Thank You!

Walang anuman. = You’re Welcome.

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Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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